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Trademark Laws Not Violated by Documentaries

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According to the Associated Press, a federal judge in Miami ruled against tennis star Maria Sharapova, finding that a Florida production company did not violate trademark laws by marketing a documentary on the athlete, despite her agent’s attempts to prevent distribution.05112412417_sharapova.jpg

The judge concluded that Byzantium Productions Incorporated was within the law in its production of two documentaries entitled “Anna’s Army” and “Russian Women’s Tennis.”

In light of the judge’s decision, Byzantium can proceed with plans to distribute the documentaries in Japan and elsewhere, though the filmmakers maintain that the damage has already been done. The doucmentaries also include interviews with Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, and others.

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